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February 19, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 16

Editor: Tom Willard

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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF MAN JONATHAN MEISTER FILES SUIT AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING BEATEN AND TASERED BY POLICE
A deaf man from Hawthorne, Calif., has filed a lawsuit after he was allegedly assaulted and Tasered by four police officers who didn’t realize he was trying to communicate with sign language. The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness’ lawsuit alleges that the officers used unnecessary aggression toward Jonathan Meister about a year ago. / UPI

St. Louis, MO
COP'S TASERING DOESN'T HELP DEAF MAN HEAR
Suburban St. Louis police officers Tasered a deaf man who was having a diabetic episode during a routine traffic stop, the man claims in court. Robert Kim sued the City of Bridgeton and its police Officers Brandin Raney and Leah Hall in Federal Court. Kim says his troubles began when he got a flat tire on Feb. 21, 2012. Kim, who is profoundly deaf and has type one diabetes, fell into a hypoglycemic state and was suffering from life threatening shock while waiting for roadside assistance. / Courthouse News Service

Portland, OR
DEAF STUDENT'S LAWSUIT OVER SERVICE DOG SPURS PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY'S $160,000 SETTLEMENT
Portland State University has agreed to pay more than $160,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a deaf student who claimed she wasn’t allowed to live in a carpeted dorm or take a required biology-lab course because of her service dog. The settlement could have widespread implications for U.S. universities in how they treat students with disabilities, said an attorney for the woman. “This will be an example for other universities across the country,” said Dennis Steinman, who represented plaintiff Cindy Leland. / The Oregonian

Central Islip, NY
LAWSUIT: 3 MEDICAL FACILITIES DIDN'T COMMUNICATE WITH DEAF PATIENT, FAMILY
An elderly deaf man died of cancer in April without knowing his diagnosis after three Long Island facilities failed to provide him and his deaf children with accommodations like sign language interpreters, a lawsuit alleges. Lance Weinrib and his sister Melinda Weinrib claim in the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday x that the family's requests for qualified interpreters and services such as a video phone were routinely denied in the seven months Alfred Weinrib was treated, starting September 2012. / Newsday

Miami, FL
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ON WHEREABOUTS OF DISABLED MAN
Family members said a small cash reward is now being offered in the disappearance of a disabled man who was last seen Thursday. Desperate family members are asking everyone to help search for Junior Encarnacion, 40, who walked away from his mother’s house early Thursday. Encarnacion is said to be completely unable to hear or speak and suffers from hypertension. / CBS Miami

Marinette County, WI
DEAF SNOWMOBILER FOUND SAFE IN MARINETTE COUNTY
A snowmobiler, who’s also hearing impaired, was lost for more than seven hours on a Marinette County snowmobile trail. “When we found him, he was walking down the snowmobile trail,” said Dave Oginski, DNR conservation warden. A relief for Oginski – who had been searching for hours. “They were hearing impaired so that made things a little bit more difficult to try to figure out where folks were at,” Oginski said. / WLUK

Highland Heights, KY
SGA SENATOR RALLIES FOR SIGN LANGUAGE
American Sign Language (ASL) ranks fourth in college course enrollment, according to the recent Modern Language Association Survey, and is the only language in the top 10 of the survey not offered by NKU. As this language trend is showing up across college campuses, one student is trying to make sure NKU is next institution to implement ASL as a language option. Juliane Jendrollik, a senior SGA senator, is leading an effort to include ASL in the Foundation of Knowledge courses. / The Northerner

Houston, TX
DEAF, HARD OF HEARING TEAM JOINS EMERGENCY RESPONDERS RODEO
The eighth annual Community Emergency Response Team Rodeo Round-Up was held Feb. 8 at the Harris County Fire & Sheriff’s Training Academy in Humble with members of the deaf and hard of hearing community taking part for the first time. "This CERT program is empowering the deaf and hard of hearing community that wants to learn about disaster preparedness," Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said in a news release. / Houston Chronicle


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Japan
DEAF COMPOSER'S ADMISSION LEADS TO NEW QUESTIONS
The scandal around a composer called Japan’s Beethoven continued to reverberate as an Olympic skater prepared to compete to a musical piece that had been falsely attributed to him in Sochi and as his revelation he isn’t completely deaf led to further doubts and questions. In a public letter this week, Mamoru Samuragochi said that over the past three years he has regained some of his hearing. The confession took his own lawyers by surprise, they said in a statement accompanying Mr. Samuragochi’s letter. / The Wall Street Journal

Sochi, Russia
DEAF RUSSIAN SKIER YAKOVISHINA DREAMS BIG
Deaf Russian alpine skier Elena Yakovishina believes her performances at the Winter Olympics can inspire other girls to take up the sport. The 21-year-old was 14th in the super-combined on Monday, to go with her 28th place in the downhill, and stressed that her ambition was to claim top spot on the podium, buoyed by the fervent home support. / Business Recorder

Glasgow, Scotland
DEAF AND BLIND MAN GETS BACK IN THE RING
A pensioner has returned to boxing training more than 45 years after he was forced to give it up as his sight deteriorated. James Peline, 65, has lost both his sight and hearing due to Usher syndrome and is supported by charity Deafblind Scotland. Mr Peline, from Cardonald, Glasgow, was a keen boxer as a teenager but had to stop when his sight got progressively worse. He returned to training six months ago as part of a charity initiative to keep him active and healthy. / Herald Scotland

Teesdale, England
GIRL WHO SAVED DEAF SISTER FROM HOUSE FIRE RECEIVES BRAVERY AWARD
A 13-year-old girl who sprang into action to save her profoundly deaf sister from a house fire has been rewarded for her selfless bravery. Sarah Middleton led 16-year-old sister Emily from the family home as it became engulfed in flames on Bonfire Night last year. Susan Johnson, chief executive of Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, presented Sarah with a special commendation at the service’s headquarters in recognition of her bravery last Thursday. / The Northern Echo

Lancashire, England
STUDENT LEFT DEAF AFTER CATCHING MENINGITIS AGED THREE BECOMES A BEAUTY QUEEN CHAMPION
A student who was left completely deaf after catching meningitis as a three-year-old girl has overcome the odds – to become a beauty queen champion. Siobhan Brindley, 27, made history as being the world’s first deaf beauty contestant when she walked down the catwalk in 2008. But last month she scooped her first major prize and reached the national final of a prestigious competition after being crowned Miss Quinton Galaxy. / SWNS

York, England
DEAF BRICKLAYER SPEAKS OF HEALTH-CARE SNUBS
A deaf man from York has told how he has struggled to get fair access to health care in the city. Jack Sturdy, 27, who works as a bricklayer, said he had been left waiting for appointments after not hearing his name called without a visual indicator. He has to take his fiancée or mother to appointments due to a lack of available sign language interpreters. Once, his mother said it was suggested he should wear a bright anorak to his GP surgery so staff would know he was deaf. / York Press

Essex, England
DEAF AND BLIND 102-YEAR-OLD 'PRESSURIZED' TO BUY SCOOTER
A 102-year-old who is going deaf and blind claims he was pressured into spending thousands of pounds on a mobility scooter from a firm recommended by Age UK. Lawrence Carter paid an extra £1,500 ($2,500 US) to builders to install a ramp in his home so he could store the £4,000 ($6,680 US) scooter. But he only used the machine twice after he was almost hit by debris as he drove under scaffolding, unable to hear builders warning him of the dangers and got stuck for 45 minutes on a curb outside his home after he lost control of the machine. / Telegraph

Leeds, England
DEAF BLIND DJ FROM LEEDS WRITES BOOK ABOUT HIS REMARKABLE LIFE STORY
A deaf blind DJ and former piano tuner for rock stars has written a book about his remarkable life story. Michael Gerwat, 64, from south Leeds, spent 21 years as a piano tuner to famous singers and bands including Elton John, Bob Dylan, Genesis, U2, Simple Minds, Wham and Siouxsie and the Banshees. He has been blind from birth and 25 years ago he lost his hearing and with it ,his career and then turned to djing. / Yorkshire Evening Post

Dublin, Ireland
BREAKING BARRIERS: THE DEAF SINGER WHO SIGNS LIKE A DIVA
When Caroline Parker sings, she signs: as a deaf performer, she brings life to the words of popular songs by powerful divas using her face, hands and body. Parker is bringing her stage show, Signs of a Diva, on tour around Ireland this month, and she told TheJournal.ie about breaking boundaries and what life is like as a deaf performer. / TheJournal.ie

County Meath, Ireland
TWO LOCAL DEAF SWIMMERS IN BID TO CROSS CHANNEL
Two Meath women are among a group of seven deaf swimmers who will cross the English Channel from Dover to Calais in July to raise funds for the Irish Deaf Women’s Group (IDWG). Lisa Finn-Carroll, originally from Dublin, has already been training for a year for this challenge. / Meath Chronicle

Phuket, Thailand
DEAF UKRAINIAN BEGGING TOURIST ARRESTED
Phuket Tourist Police arrested a deaf Ukrainian tourist on Sunday for disturbing restaurant customers in Central Festival Phuket. Mykola Chornyi, 30, was dropping cards on restaurant tables that said he was deaf and asked for patrons to either donate money or purchase an Angry Bird key chain for 100 baht, Wichit Police Superintendent Chawalit Phetsipear explained. / Phuket Gazette

Coimbatore, India
SPEECH AND HEARING IMPAIRED MAN KILLED BY ELEPHANT
A speech and hearing impaired man was killed by a wild tusker when he was grazing cattle on the fringes of nearby Boluvampatti forest range today, police said. The 55-year-old man had left the cattle in open land just 100 metres away from the forest when the tusker suddenly appeared from there, lifted him with its trunk and flung him to the ground, killing him on the spot, they said. / Press Trust of India

Jamshedpur, India
DEAF-MUTE WOMAN KILLED AFTER RAPE IN SONARI
A 28-year-old woman was killed after being raped near the marine drive under Sonari police station area in the weehours today. The victim identified as Geeta Gorai was a resident of Nirmal Nagar, Sonari and she was deaf and mute. Her body was lying in a pool of blood. It appeared that the assailant had first raped her and then stoned her to death. / The Avenue Mail

Australia
MAN WHO TRIED TO RAPE DEAF WOMAN SAID SHE WAS NOT THAT DRUNK
A Rockhampton man has unsuccessfully argued his deaf victim only claimed she drank a full carton of rum and coke to make herself out to be "far more drunk" to explain away inconsistencies in her story. Prince Edgar Oakley was convicted in June last year of assault with intent to rape a 22-year-old girl who had been deaf at age two or three. The woman, who told police she believed she had consumed 30 to 36 cans, met the man she claimed she did not know while her friends and family were fishing off a bridge. / The Queensland Times

Ghana
TEACHER ARRESTED OVER DEFILEMENT OF DEAF AND DUMB
A teacher has gone on trial at the Juaso Circuit Court over the defilement of a deaf and dumb girl at Akokobenom, a farming community in the Asante-Akim South District. Francis Arhin, 25, who had impregnated the 15-year-old girl, denied wrongdoing, insisting that she is his girlfriend. The court presided over by Mr Alex Obeng Asante ordered that he should be kept in prison custody to make his next court appearance on Thursday, February 27. / GhanaWeb

Morocco
DEAF WOMAN RAPED BY TWO MEN IN MOROCCO
Two men abducted an unmarried 50-year-old deaf woman in Morocco and raped her in an isolated area before fleeing the place, newspapers reported on Monday. They quoted police as saying Fatima, who lost her virginity, was found in bad condition and taken to hospital in the northwestern Moroccan town of Sidi Slimane. / Emirates 24/7

Swaziland
I WAS TREATED UNFAIRLY -- NOKTHULA MBATHA
Former Miss Deaf Pageant Director Nokuthula Mbatha is glad to have been vindicated from any involvement in the beauty pageants’ sex scandal case. She described it as a long, daunting process. Police eventually found insufficient evidence about these claims. She has revealed that even though she was treated unfairly and demonised, her passion for deaf people will never die. / Swazi Observer


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THINGS TURN DISTINCTLY UGLY AFTER PASTOR JUSTIN VOLLMAR DECLARES HIS ATHEISM ON YOUTUBE
Following his astonishing “coming out” video that we reported on Monday, Justin Vollmar went into greater depth about his loss of faith this week, claiming that doubts began setting in because had been overworked and underpaid at a church run by "A tyrannical, golf-loving pastor who made $80,000 a year." Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church in Siver Springs, Md, where Vollmar worked for seven years, has hit back, branding him "A vengeful, pathological liar who needs to repent of his sins." / Freethinker

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New York, NY
DO CHICKENS HOLD THE KEY TO A CURE FOR HEARING LOSS?
Chickens can restore their own damaged hearing, and their feat may one day help people with hearing loss. Chickens have the amazing ability to restore their own hearing, and this trait is inspiring a nonprofit organization in their search for a cure for hearing loss in humans. The Hearing Health Foundation’s “Chirp the News” video features the group’s new mascot: a baby chick. / Healthline

Pittsburgh, PA
LECTURE STRESSES ACTIVISM, JOBS IN DEAF COMMUNITY
Kim Mathos said the ability to speak another language and be aware of another culture can be useful in almost any field of study. Mathos, a doctor who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, was not talking specifically about different spoken languages, but rather American Sign Language. Mathos, along with four other panelists who work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, spoke at an event focusing on activism and job opportunity within the Deaf community at the University of Pittsburgh Monday night. / The Pitt News

New York, NY
DEAF JEWISH BOYS GET SUMMER CAMP OF THEIR OWN
In many ways, Yehoshua Soudakoff is a typical 22-year-old Chabad yeshivah student. Recently ordained after years of intensive Judaic studies in Canada and the United States, the California-born Soudakoff has served Jewish communities as a rabbinic intern, and shares Torah thoughts and inspiration on Chabad.org, as well as on his own website. But there is something that also sets him apart: Soudakoff is deaf. And he is determined to bring Torah and Judaism into the Deaf community in ways not done before. / CrownHeights.info

Danville, KY
LOOKING BACK AT KENTUCKY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
In 1874, Kentucky School for the Deaf began publishing in 1874 a weekly in-house newspaper, The Kentucky Deaf-Mute, to give the male students an opportunity to learn the printing trade. KSD published the newspaper continuously from 1874 to 2003 with only a name change in 1896 — to The Kentucky Standard. From 1883 until 1942, George M. McClure was editor of the paper. / The Advocate Messenger


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Austin, TX
SILENT AUTOMOTIVE OFFERS A FORUM FOR DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
A thumping beat. A loud click. Screeching every time you turn right. When you hear strange, unidentifiable sounds come out of your car, it’s usually a sign that you’ve got a sick vehicle. Explaining to a mechanic what’s wrong usually involves making silly noises to explain exactly what you heard. “We go through that every day,” says Joel Martinez, mechanic and co-owner of Silent Automotive. But those noises don’t mean much to the deaf and hard of hearing staff at the automotive repair shop. / American-Statesman

Minneapolis, MN
MY JOB: REBECCA RICK, ASL INTERPRETER
Being an American Sign Language Interpreter is Rebecca Rick’s first and only career. After completing her bachelor’s degree with four introductory courses in American Sign Language, she completed a two-year interpreting program. “They enhance your vocabulary, help you learn the skills of actual interpreting — spoken language to sign and vice versa,” she said. / Star Tribune

Austin, TX
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHED DEAF CULTURE
Winning Miss Deaf America in 2010 didn’t just mean a new title for graduate student Rachel Mazique — instead, the victory set her onto an entirely new career path. Mazique’s involvement in the deaf community put her on the path to teaching an undergraduate English course in sign language and dedicating her research to the culture of the deaf community. Mazique, who grew up in a mixed deaf and hearing family in Arlington Heights, Ill., said she first came to the University as a student because of its resources, which eventually led her to focus on deaf literature as another form of ethnic literature. / The Daily Texan

Springfield, MO
MISSOURI STATE PROFESSOR FINDS ALTERNATE WAYS TO TEST HEAIRNG, SUCH AS WITH INFANTS
Traditional hearing screenings start with an audiologist playing tones to a child or an adult wearing headphones or sitting inside a sound booth. The person being screened responds, letting the tester know the range of sounds he or she can hear. But what if the subject is an infant, or an adult with dementia, who can’t be expected to understand test instructions, raise a hand, press a button or talk to the screener? Wafaa Kaf has spent many of her 10 years at Missouri State University researching ways to evaluate the hearing of these challenging populations. / Springfield News-Leader

Charlottesville, VA
HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENTS STRIVE TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES IN SCHOOL
Every day 33 babies in the United States are born with hearing loss, making it the leading sensory disability in the nation, according to the Alexander Graham Bell Association. While early intervention and amplification has come a long way, there are still challenges for children with hearing loss. A new study aims to shine a light on some of these difficulties and ways to improve them. / Newsplex

Springfield, MO
HEARING-IMPAIRED EVANGEL GRADUATE WORKS WITH STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Focused. Determined. Inspirational. Unstoppable. Meet Casey Linder, a paraprofessional at Weller Elementary and a 2013 graduate of Evangel University. Linder has experienced social and educational challenges for many years due to a hearing impairment. However, she didn’t let that prevent her from becoming an educator. / Springfield News-Leader

Little Rock, AR
UALR ASST. PROFESSOR NAMED 'VISIONARY' BY ALMA MATER
An assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is being recognized this month for his great works in the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Dr. Glenn Anderson himself is deaf and teaches American Sign Language at UALR. He has been named one of 15 visionary leaders of the month by Gallaudet University* in Washington, DC as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. / Arkansas Matters


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Tulsa, OK
RICK THOMAS, LEGALLY DEAF SINCE CHILDHOOD, WILL REPRESENT U.S. AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN FIGURE SKATING
The Oilers Ice Center has become a home away from home for Rick Thomas, 55, of Sedalia, Missouri. "When I'm on the ice, it's just you're free," said Rick. "It's a stress reliever. The outside world and the troubles does not exist at all." But what does exist, are Rick's 19 Gold Medals from competing in the Special Olympics as a roller skater and ice skater. All of them earned when he was in his 20s and 30s. And he won them despite being legally deaf since childhood. He has only 5 percent hearing in his right ear. His left ear? Rick can't hear a thing. / kjrh.com

Bar Harbor, ME
BASKETBALL PLAYER REFUSES TO LET BEING DEAF SLOW HIM DOWN
The dream of every high school basketball team in Maine is to hold that gold ball at the end of the season. A dream only one team a year from each division will fulfill. There's one young, very talented, basketball player on the boys team at Mount Desert Island High School (MDI) who knows how important determination is in reaching that goal. John Phelps is the point guard for the MDI boys team. His job is to set up plays and make sure their executed. Not easy considering he's been deaf since birth. / WCSH-TV

Cleveland, OH
SOME MAY CONSIDER FOUR DEAF PLAYERS A PROBLEM BUT THE HAYES HIGH GIRLS TEAM WOULD PROVE THEM WRONG
Many of the world’s best athletes are in Russia competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics but you don’t have to leave Cleveland to watch an inspiring team. In fact, you can simply check out the Max S. Hayes High School girls basketball team on Cleveland’s West Side. They may look like a regular high school team but you probably didn’t know, the starting point guard and three of her teammates are deaf. / newsnet5


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Associate Dean of Deaf Studies
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Application Deadline: March 13, 2014

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in the operational duties and responsibilities of providing leadership for an academic division. The Associate Dean of Deaf Studies demonstrates the capacity to be forward-thinking, is student-oriented in their leadership approach, dedicated to student success, and has an enthusiastic interest in curriculum and instructional improvement though ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.

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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!

As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:

-- Staff Interpreter – Full Time or Part Time; Glenside location
-- HR Coordinator – Full Time, Glenside location
-- Residential Case Manager – Full Time; Glenside location
-- Residential Counselors – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
-- Counselors for Adolescent Residential Treatment Facility – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside location

Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Glenside, PA 19038

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INSTRUCTIONAL/SUPPORT FACULTY POSITIONS-NTID

NTID, one of the nine colleges of RIT, is the world's largest technological college serving deaf and hard of hearing students. Created by Congress and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, it represents the world's first effort to educate large numbers of deaf students within a college campus planned primarily for hearing students. Together with 15,000 full and part-time hearing students, over 1,300 college-age deaf students from all 50 states and abroad study and reside on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

NTID is committed to creating a climate that fosters the success of every student and employee by appreciating the unique contributions that each person makes to the educational process based on their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and gender-related knowledge and experiences. For more information about NTID at RIT visit http://www.ntid.rit.edu.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS:
NTID is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 917BR.

Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 916BR.

Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 914BR.

Instructional Support Faculty: NTID Science and Mathematics. Details regarding this position can be found at: http://careers.rit.edu/faculty Keyword Search: 915BR.

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The hiring of successful candidates is contingent on the availability of budgetary resources.

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2014
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor

Salary: Dependent on Qualifications

Qualifications: Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered but must complete the doctorate by the time of appointment. General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to ASL teaching, cultural studies, Deaf Education, and interpreting. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and Deaf Studies or other related courses. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful Deaf Studies-related teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and/or national levels. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.

Application Process: Applicants should submit all of the following:
NOTE: Incomplete applications will be accepted but will not be reviewed/considered until all requested materials are received.

1. Cover letter that includes:
-- Statements of teaching and research interests
-- Summary of prior relevant experience
-- Statement or evidence of Deaf-centric philosophies

2. Current curriculum vitae that includes:
-- Educational background
-- Prior teaching experience
-- Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience

3. One sample course syllabus from a course in a related field of study

4. One automated student evaluation. If none are available, provide a written statement confirming that automated evaluations are not available and provide some other evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential.

5. Photocopies of all earned degrees (BA, MA, Ph.D.)

6. Provide evidence of any relevant certificates

7. Three (3) current letters of recommendation (not more than two years old)

8. Names and complete contact information for at least three (3) professional references

Application Deadline:
Screening of candidates will begin on January 21, 2014. Position to remain open until filled.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:

Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265

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